From “Dawn at Shem Creek,” an original oil painting by Charleston artist Rick Reinert, of Reinert-LePrince Fine Art gallery.

My wife and I were entertaining guests who had just moved here. They didn't have a clue about what to see first. Their questions were common ones for out-of-towners who first arrive in Charleston: Who specializes in southern cuisine? Which beach is family friendly? Where's the best spot to park the car and get out and walk?

The Lowcountry, it turns out, can be a tad intimidating. So I grinned and excused myself from the dinner table, returning with a copy of last year's My Charleston. I watched as our guests devoured the pages of advice on planning a beach excursion, the lessons in local history and the extensive rundown of big events. This, they said, will help.

You are Wholding the third edition of My Charleston, our most extensive, reader-friendly one yet. This year it's is all about ditching the rental car, pounding the pavement, borrowing a fishing rod, buying a paddle board and making the reservation for a fine meal. Essentially, it's all about how to “do the Charleston.” What's more, this edition ventures away from the expected haunts and guides you towards some of Charleston's hidden treasures. And it offers our deepest look into the area's rich golf history and a course-by-course guide so you can hit the links.

This advice comes from the award-winning journalists of The Post and Courier and other local experts. They call this beautiful area home and are the quintessential experts on everything from where to spike your umbrella into the sand to where to snag a bottle of FireFly Sweet Tea vodka or a bag of grits.

So read it, keep this copy on your coffee table, then get out there and “do the Charleston.”

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